RESEARCH: Kinesiotaping – The Big Olympic Games “Mystery” Solved!
Kinesiotape, developed in 1973 by Dr. Kenzo Kase, is used as treatment for muscular support and reduction of swelling…and by Kerri Walsh of the US Olympic Volleyball Team! It’s a far cry from the white athletic tape that we used to tape our shin splints high school!
Having been planning for two months to make this newsletter about kinesiotaping, I could hardly contain myself as I watched Olympic recaps in the doctor’s office and saw the ladies volleyball team sporting the stuff!!
PT’s, OT’s, DC’s, MD’s and LMT’s, have recognized kinesiotaping’s safe and effective nature. An individual wears and receives therapeutic benefits continuously over 3 to 5 days. The heat activated adhesive is not affected by daily activity, sweating, showering…or jet skiing – I personally tested that!
MODALITY MINUTE: What exactly is Kinesiotaping?
Kinesiotaping is applied over and around muscles and serves four functions: correction of muscle flexion, improvement of lymph circulation, pain relief, and joint support. It is widely used in the NFL, by Lance Armstrong, and most recently by Kerri Walsh among others. The 100% cotton, latex-free, hypoallergenic, water resistant tape does not limit the body’s range of motion the way other tapes, braces, and supports do. Kinesiotape serves as a support to the body’s musculature and improves lymphatic circualtion. And the heat activated, latex-free adhesive does not limit activity either.
What can be helped by kinesiotape? Name it! Rotator cuff overuse/injury. Low back pain. Carpal tunnel and overuse injury of the wrist. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Scoliosis. Bursitis. ACL Joint Sprain. Frozen Shoulder. Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis. ITBand Friction Syndrome. Shin Splints. Siatica. Medial and Lateral Ankle Sprains. Scarring. Just to name a few. Remember…Kinsesiotape is not meant to diagnose, but to augment and suppliment what you are already doing.
THE MAILBAG: “The kinesiotape did a great deal for my shoulders!”
The taping was incredible. I did not notice how much it helped until the tape came off yesterday. I will definitely be back soon to get re-taped.
I have a few suggestions for other customers. First of all, wear a t-shirt when you sleep so that the tape does not unravel making it a bit more difficult to smooth down. Also, make sure to shower at night or get all of the sweat off of your body because it will itch a bit after a long day if you do not.
I want to tell everyone that with kinesiotaping patience is the key because it takes getting used to, but the end results are so worth it. You do great work.
Have a question or comment about massage? Send it along and I will post it in the next newsletter.